Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Weekly Recap: 2/13-2/17

Written by: Ryan Cunningham

Twitter: @R_Cunningham04

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St. Bonaventure got their groove back. UMass picked up a football player. George Washington blew out VCU. Saint Louis is in the top four. It all happened this week.  Check out some game analysis below.

 

St. Bonaventure 79, La Salle 68:  Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

St. Bonaventure (20-6, 10-4 A-10) won their seventh in a row in a tough road win over La Salle (11-16, 5-9 A-10). Matt Mobley led the Bonnies with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Jaylen Adams added 26 points and 5 assists. The deadly combo combined for 9 of the team’s 10 threes. They are virtually unbeatable when these two are on their game. Saul Phiri led La Salle with 22 points. Pookie Powell added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. St. Bonaventure did a very good job of holding B.J. Johnson to seven-attempted shots, in which he made three of them for 10 points. The game was pretty even for the first 15 minutes of the first half, until Bona went on a 14-6 run in the last five minutes of the half to take a 10-point lead at the break. With 9:24 to go in the second half, La Salle brought the lead down to three, until the Bonnies went on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 11. The Explorers didn’t have the fire power to get back into this one. Click HERE for highlights.

 

#16 Rhode Island 85, Richmond 67:  Ryan Center, Kingston, Rhode Island

Rhode Island (21-4, 13-1 A-10) continued their unbelievable season with a substantial win over Richmond (9-17, 7-7 A-10) in a ruckus home environment. I was at the Davidson game in Rhode Island a few weeks ago and it was LOUD, to say the least. Jared Terrell led the Rams with 17 points. Cyril Langevine, who is a guy to look forward to in the future, added 15 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Rhode Island had a scare early in the game when E.C. Matthews went down with a knee injury and had to be helped off the court. The initial reports are good and he is day-to-day as of 2/14, according to head coach Dan Hurley. No MRI is needed. After he went out, the bench stepped up. Along with Langevine, Daron Russell gave huge bench contributions. He had 14 points in 22 minutes of play. Strength in numbers. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Davidson 74, VCU 63:  Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia

Davidson (15-10, 10-4 A-10) went on the road and took down VCU (15-12, 7-7 A-10) in a wild environment. Peyton Aldridge led the Wildcats with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kellan Grady added 19 points and 4 assists. Aldridge struggled in the first half, only putting up 3 points and shooting 1/8 from the field. He could not be stopped in the second half, though. VCU was led by Justin Tillman with 22 points and 8 rebounds. De’Riante Jenkins added 19 points and 4 assists. One stat in this game that was eye-opening was rebounding. VCU averages 11 offensive rebounds per game. They only had five. Davidson did a great job of keeping the Rams off the boards, out-rebounding them 32-30. The Wildcats’ assist to turnover ratio was 17/7, which is very good because of VCU’s style of play. They pressed Davidson almost every time they brought it up the court. The Wildcats only had one turnover in the backcourt, which was in garbage time. Davidson out-scored VCU in the paint 30-20. They used their three-point ability to space the floor out, thus opening up cutting lanes for easy shots in the paint. Bob McKillop and his staff did a great job of getting their team prepared for VCU’s “havoc” style of play.

 

George Mason 85, Dayton 67:  EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason (12-15, 6-8 A-10) shot the lights out in a win over Dayton (12-14, 6-8 A-10) in Patriots Arena. Otis Livingston II led Mason with 29 points, including a career-high 7 three pointers. Justin Kier added 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Darrell Davis led Dayton with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Josh Cunningham added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Dayton really struggled to shoot it in this one. They shot 38% from the field and 27% from three. On the other hand, George Mason shot the heck out of the ball. They shot 51% from the field and 53% from three. That’s in large part due to Livingston. He had 7 out of the Patriots’ 10 made threes. Mason out-rebounded the Flyers 39-26. Bottom line, The Patriots came to play and the Flyers didn’t. George Mason has won three out of their last four as they look to stay hot in the final stretch of conference play.

 

St. Joseph’s 71, Fordham 55:  Rose Hill Gym, Bronx, New York

St. Joseph’s (12-14, 7-7 A-10) won their second straight in a road win over Fordham (9-17, 4-10 A-10) in New York City. James Demery paced the Hawks with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Shavar Newkirk added 19 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Cavit Havsa led Fordham with 12 points and 8 assists. David Pekarek added 11 points and 7 rebounds. St. Joe’s bench out-scored Fordham’s 20-5. Even with the injuries the Hawks have, they still found a way to get four guys in double figures. With 9:07 left in the first half, a Newkirk jumper started an 18-2 run to end the half with the Hawks up 18. The game never got under 10 in the second half, leading to the St. Joe’s win. Click HERE for highlights.

 

George Washington 83, Massachusetts 72:  Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts

George Washington (12-15, 5-9 A-10) had five guys in double figures in their win over Massachusetts (11-16, 4-10 A-10). Patrick Steeves led GW with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Yuta Watanabe added 13 points and 8 rebounds. C.J. Anderson led UMass with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Luwane Pipkins added 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The Colonials led for the final 36 minutes of this game. They had an 18 point lead at half and held on to defeat UMass on the road. Click HERE for highlights.

 

St. Bonaventure 77, #16 Rhode Island 74:  Reilly Center, Olean, New York

St. Bonaventure (20-6, 10-4 A-10) continued their eight-game winning streak with their upset win over Rhode Island (21-4, 13-1 A-10). Matt Mobley led the Bonnies with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. LaDarien Griffin added 14 points off the bench. Jared Terrell led Rhode Island with 23 points.  E.C. Matthews added 14 points. One stat that popped out to me was the fact that Rhody committed 17 turnovers. They just couldn’t take care of the ball. A Cyril Langevine free throw put Rhode Island up by one with 35 seconds to go. The next possession, Griffin slammed down a dunk to go up by one for the Bonnies. Then, Jeff Dowtin missed the first of a one-and-one for the Rams. This was another game that came down to free throws. Dowtin couldn’t knock them down in a very tough environment. This game put St. Bonaventure right back in the conversation to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Click HERE for highlights.

 

La Salle 69, George Mason 62:  Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

La Salle (11-15, 5-9 A-10) overcame a double-digit halftime deficit in a home win over George Mason (12-15, 6-8 A-10). Tony Washington led the Explorers with 20 points and 14 rebounds. B.J. Johnson added 18 points and 9 rebounds. Justin Kier led Mason with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Ian Boyd added 11 points. George Mason shot a sizzling 62% in the first half. It was a completely different story in the second half. They put their lowest scoring half of the season with 17 points, to La Salle’s 37. You’re not going to win many ball games doing that. La Salle did a great job of holding Otis Livingston II to 3/18 shooting for the game. Click HERE for highlights.

 

George Washington 80, VCU 56:  Charles E. Smith Arena, Washington D.C.

In a shocking game, George Washington (12-15, 5-9 A-10) blew VCU (15-12, 7-7 A-10) out of the gym. Yuta Watanabe led GW with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Terry Nolan added 18 points and 5 steals. Justin Tillman led VCU with 11 points and 13 rebounds. De’Riante Jenkins added 10 points and 3 rebounds. The Colonials forced 17 turnovers, including 12 steals. That’s a bit of a role reversal. Usually, VCU is the one who forces all these turnovers. They haven’t been able to force enough turnovers in the past week in order to be successful. GW shot a very efficient 53% from the field in the win. This was VCU’s second loss this week. Click HERE for highlights.

 

St. Joseph’s 82, Duquesne 75:  Hagan Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

St. Joseph’s (12-14, 7-7 A-10) won their third in a row in a home win over Duquesne (15-12, 6-8 A-10). Shavar Newkirk led the Hawks with 26 points and 10 assists. Nick Robinson added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Rene Castro-Caneddy led Duquesne with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Tarin Smith added 19 points. St. Joe’s shot 44% from the field, including 43% from three. They held Duquesne to 38% from the field and 30% from three. Duquesne’s leading scorer, Mike Lewis II, shot 0/11 from the field in the loss. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Saint Louis 72, Richmond 66:  Robins Center, Richmond, Virginia

Saint Louis (15-12, 8-6 A-10) picked up a huge road win over Richmond (9-17, 7-7 A-10). Hasahn French led the Billikens with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Davell Roby added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Nick Sherod led the Spiders with 19 points and 5 rebounds. De’Monte Buckingham added 17 points and 7 rebounds. A 10-0 run late in the second half gave Saint Louis a 10-point lead. Richmond got it down to four with a minute left, but free throws by the Billikens sealed the deal for them. This win gave Saint Louis sole possession of fourth place. The loss of Jordan Goodwin didn’t effect Saint Louis in Richmond, but it could down the stretch because of the short bench they have. This team has been one of the great stories in the A-10 this year, and the credit goes to Travis Ford. They’ve won five of their last six. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Davidson 83, Massachusetts 78:  Belk Arena, Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson (15-10, 10-4 A-10) survived at home over a tough Massachusetts (11-16, 4-10 A-10). Peyton Aldridge had a career-high 38 points and 14 rebounds. He is 9 points away from hitting the 2,000 point mark in his stellar career. Will Magarity added 11 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Luwane Pipkins led UMass with 31 points and 9 assists. Malik Hines added 17 points and 6 rebounds. The Minutemen started the game out hot, jumping out to an early lead. Davidson responded with a run of their own to take a 5-point lead at half. With 4:04 left in the second half, an Aldridge free throw put the Wildcats up by 13. UMass made a little run at the end, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the win. They were severely limited in terms of depth. UMass’ backup quarterback, Randall West, joined the basketball team a few days ago due to the lack of bodies. He played a total of 12 minutes, less than a week after joining the team. They played Davidson extremely tough, so kudos to them. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Dayton 80, Fordham 70:  UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

Dayton (12-14, 6-8 A-10) shot the heck out of the ball in a win over Fordham (9-17, 4-10 A-10). Trey Landers led the Flyers with 26 points and 4 rebounds. Jalen Crutcher added 19 points and 6 assists. Joseph Chartouny led Fordham with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Prokop Slanina added 15 points. Dayton shot 64% from the field, including 50% from three. They also committed 15 turnovers, which was the main reason why Fordham got back into the game late in the second half. The Rams did a good job of competing in a very tough environment. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Conference Standings as of 2/20/18:

  1. #18 Rhode Island          21-4 (13-1)
  2. St. Bonaventure            20-6 (10-4)
  3. Davidson                      15-10 (10-4)
  4. Saint Louis                  15-12  (8-6)
  5. VCU                               15-12  (7-7)
  6. St. Joseph’s                  12-14  (7-7)
  7. Richmond                      9-17  (7-7)
  8. Duquesne                    15-12  (6-8)
  9. George Mason            12-15  (6-8)
  10. Dayton                         12-14  (6-8)
  11. George Washington  12-15  (5-9)
  12. La Salle                         11-16 (5-9)
  13. Massachusetts            11-16  (4-10)
  14. Fordham                        9-17  (4-10)

 

Games this week:

2/20:  #18 Rhode Island @ La Salle 7PM on CBSSN

2/20:  Saint Louis @ Dayton 9PM on ESPNU

2/21:  Fordham @ Davidson 7PM on A-10 Network

2/21:  Duquesne @ St. Bonaventure 7PM on Facebook

2/21:  George Mason @ St. Joseph’s 7PM on A-10 Network

2/21:  Richmond @ George Washington 7PM on Stadium

2/21:  VCU @ Massachusetts 7PM on A-10 Network

2/23:  Dayton @ #18 Rhode Island 7PM on ESPN2

2/24:  Davidson @ Duquesne 12PM on A-10 Network

2/24:  La Salle @ Fordham 4PM on A-10 Network

2/24:  Massachusetts @ George Mason 6PM on A-10 Network

2/24:  St. Joseph’s @ Richmond 6PM on A-10 Network

2/24:  George Washington @ Saint Louis 8PM on A-10 Network

2/24:  St. Bonaventure @ VCU 8PM on CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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